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The Backstreet Boys (photo credit: Courtesy)
The Backstreet Boys
(photo credit: Courtesy)
In the film Ready Player One, director Steven Spielberg returns to his familiar ground of science-fiction action adventure, based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name. The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he had hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. With Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance.
The Israeli Cartoon Museum presents an homage to Israel’s independence in conjunction with the state’s 70th anniversary. “Between the Lines: Celebrating 70 Years of Independence” features motifs that characterize seven decades, calling on cartoonists of all periods to approach the topic from all angles.
Ongoing at The Israeli Cartoon Museum, 61 Haim Weizmann St., Holon. ( 3. SINGING FOR THE MIMOUNA Riff Cohen celebrates the Mimouna with a band performance. Cohen is considered one of the leaders of the new generation of musicians in the modern Mediterranean musical genre. In the last year she has devoted herself to collecting material for her third album, while performing both here and abroad. Before she enters the recording studio, Cohen will embark on a tour that will combine songs from her previous albums, as well as new songs.
Tomorrow (Saturday) at 10 p.m., Zappa Club Tel Aviv.
Doors open at 8:15 p.m.
Artist Lee Yanor presents a one-time performance “And Now,” in dialogue with art curator Netta Eshel. The event pre-launches Yanor’s comprehensive solo exhibition opening at Zemack Contemporary Art on May 10. The artist will present a video installation displaying two new video works – a collaborative performance featuring visual artist Lior Tamim and Batsheva dancer Zina Zinchenko. The event will close with a screening of Yanor’s film Coffee with Pina, an artistic documentary about dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch (1940 – 2009).
Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., Varda Hall, Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv. Free entrance. Wine provided by Dalton Winery.
Premiering April 8 on HBO (YES and HOT), the film Paterno reteams Al Pacino with director Barry Levinson.
Pacino plays college-football coach Joe Paterno, who led Penn State’s team for 45 years, transforming a nascent athletic program into a gigantic money engine, an obscure regional school into a national brand, and central Pennsylvania’s Happy Valley from an economic backwater into a college sports capital. Two weeks after he earned his 409th victory, becoming the winningest Division I coach in college-football history, Paterno was fired amid a child sex abuse scandal. He died two months later of lung cancer.
The Hitler Chronicles – Blueprint for Dictators is a fourepisode documentary series that attempts to highlight the motivations that drove German dictator Adolf Hitler and how his strategies have influenced those that followed. The Hitler Chronicles comprises more than 900 archive films, with almost half the footage never seen before.
The series begins airing April 8 on YES.
Der Kaiser von Atlantis (The Emperor of Atlantis) is a one-act opera for six singers and orchestra by Viktor Ullmann, with libretto by Peter Kien. The two collaborated on the work while interned in the Nazi concentration camp of Theresienstadt (Terezín) before being sent to Auschwitz. The opera will be performed for Holocaust Remembrance Day by the Israel Chamber Orchestra conducted by Adrien Silvio, with international solo singers.
April 8 at 8:30 p.m., Heichal Hatarbut, Karmiel; April 11 at 7 p.m. & April 12 at 8 p.m., Tel Aviv Museum of Art. For tickets, call (03) 518-8845.
In the new exhibition “To Go – New Designs for Jewish Ritual Objects,” a group of leading contemporary designers were asked to create a travel set of objects for a Jewish holiday or life-cycle event. Featuring items such as Shabbat sets, a portable huppa, a matza-making kit and ritual objects for Havdala, the exhibition offers fascinating and original perspectives on the design of Judaica in the 21st century.
Ongoing at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem 9. ORIGINS OF OUR ANTHEM The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra presents a concert for children concerning Israel’s national anthem. Hosted by celebrated pianist Astrith Baltsan, the concert, titled “Hatikva – the Mystery of the National Anthem,” will take the audience on a musical journey between nations, composers and anthems. With conductor Ronen Borshevsky, cantor Shai Abramson and the Bat-Kol Choir.
On the program are works by Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Smetana.
April 16 at 5:30 p.m., Charles Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv 10. THE BOYS ARE COMING BACK One of the most successful boy bands, the Backstreet Boys, return to Israel as part of their international tour Larger Than Life. The Backstreet Boys’ career began almost 20 years ago, during which time they have sold more than 130 million records worldwide, including major hits such as “I Want It That Way,” “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” and “Quit Playing Games (with My Heart).”
April 22 at Rishon LeZion Live